- how The Institute for the Future of the Book kicked things off ('a small think-and-do tank investigating the evolution of intellectual discourse as it shifts from printed pages to networked screens' - isn't 'think-and-do tank' a brilliant term)
- how Commentpress then developed ('an open source theme and plugin for the WordPress blogging engine that allows readers to comment paragraph by paragraph in the margins of a text')
- how Joss and Tony Hirst set up Write to Reply using Commentpress to allow people to comment on public reports
- how if:book developed out of Institute of the Future of the Book using Commentpress
- how Eddie Tejeda, who has been pivotal in the software developments for all of the above then wrote digress.it
- and how Cornell Univeristy and the New York Public Library are using digress.it in some fascinating projects (those links are to the projects not the institutions)
So on Monday I had a Skype call to San Francisco with Eddie and explained our requirements and he was very positive. They'll be a major upgrade of digress.it in the next couple of weeks, after which we can start work on the detail. And by which time we will also have some exciting news regarding the Research Assistant. In fact, we hope to have that by Monday...
It's going to work after all.